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Industry 'deeply concerned' by Ebola but no impact on big choc companies yet

Ebola is a huge humanitarian concern for the cocoa and chocolate industry, but contrary to some reports it is not yet having a major business impact for big chocolate players like Mars and Mondelēz.

Brazilian biscuit and bread associations merge in ‘basic basket’ tax hope

Brazil’s National Biscuit Industry Association (ANIB) is merging with the country’s Association of Pasta Manufacturers (ABIMA), which also represents the processed bread and industrial cakes sector, to form a new national organization for the country’s wheat-based industries.

Nestlé CEO on missed target: ‘Usain Bolt doesn’t always run 100 metres in the same time either’

Nestlé’s share price fell 2.9% in early trading this morning as nine-month sales growth missed objectives.

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Isoglucose market 'wide open' for EU

Dairy and bakery businesses are expected to benefit from a change in the EU’s sugar policy, which would considerably boost isoglucose production, according to a leading industry analyst.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia is continuing its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO). The net result is more uncertainty over the status of foreign interests, similar to what has happened in its mining industry over recent years.

Tate & Lyle opens new Chinese facility

Tate and Lyle, which has a £3.1bn turnover, opened its latest polydextrose facility last month in China.

AAK reaffirms fat reduction pledge

European oils and fats business Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK) has reaffirmed its commitment to help food manufacturers reduce saturated fats in their products with reformulation advice.

Spotlight

Ebola impact on chocolate and cocoa supply
Emergency relief

Cocoa and chocolate firms must act to stop Ebola spread, says Transmar Group

Cocoa Ingredients supplier Transmar has called on cocoa and chocolate companies to make a donation to the...

WCF conference 2014 preview
Event preview

Industry cocoa sustainability efforts take center stage at WCF meeting

The chocolate industry’s biggest players will discuss how to move forward on cocoa sustainability at the World...

Clean label chocolate at greater risk of fungal contamination: Study

Microbiological stability of confectionery fillings ‘compromised’ in quest for clean labels: Study

Confectioners’ products are at a greater risk of fungal spoilage when using clean label or alcohol free...

Mars brings back Crispy M&M’S
News in brief

Guess who’s back? Crispy M&M’S to return after 10-year hiatus

Mars Chocolate North America will relaunch M&M’S Crispy Chocolate Candies next year following a 10-year lull....

Mondelēz Kenya plant closure

Mondelēz abandons Kenyan manufacturing

Mondelēz International will stop manufacturing from its Cadbury Kenya plant at the end of this month as...

Hershey develops heat resistant chocolate
Patent Watch

Chocolate for the summertime: Hershey develops heat resistant chocolate

Hershey has developed its own method to produce chocolate that can withstand hot climates following similar moves...

BBX Capital acquires Anastasia Confections

BBX Capital grows premium choc hoard with Anastasia Confections buy

BBX Capital has purchased Florida-based Anastasia Confections to mark its fifth premium chocolate acquisition since the start...

Retailers need to up sustainable cocoa game

Retailers need to up sustainable cocoa game, says BDSI

Supermarkets in Germany cannot neglect their role in bringing about a sustainable cocoa supply chain, says the...

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